Naismith hopes to thank Everton fans with debut Norwich goal against Liverpool

22/01/2016  67 Comments  [Jump to last]
The Scot admits that leaving Everton was perhaps the biggest decision of his career but says he needed to play regular football in what is a short a career.
Being at Everton was probably as comfortable as I have ever been in my football career but the problem was the amount of minutes I was getting on the park, and so that was always going to have a bearing because football is such a short career.
It has been a topic that has been brought up a lot since I made the move and if I can start my Norwich career like I did my Everton one, by scoring my first goal against Liverpool, then that would be great, said Naismith, who scored in 2012 derby at Goodison.

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Geoff Evans
1 Posted 22/01/2016 at 20:03:53
He should be lining up against the Swans not the Shite.
Doug Harris
2 Posted 22/01/2016 at 20:12:23
How good a statement is that.
Blue for life.
Roger Helm
3 Posted 22/01/2016 at 20:20:32
He may not be the most skilful player in the world but 25 goals in 90-odd appearances, most played out of position, is a fair return and he never gave less than 100%, unlike some I could mention.

All the best at Norwich and I hope he helps them stay up.

Andy Meighan
4 Posted 22/01/2016 at 23:07:35
What a lad... absolute class. And I shall be having 10 quid of my hard earned to score against the RedShite tomorrow.

C'mon, Naisy babe, I'm counting on you!!!

Trevor Lynes
5 Posted 23/01/2016 at 09:55:10
Can anyone please explain to me why we sold Naismith in this window if we are not signing a better replacement for him?
Dave Williams
6 Posted 23/01/2016 at 11:43:46
How this lad has managed to turn the fans opinion on him is a lesson to everyone. He was slagged off on this site mercilessly and couldn't do a thing right then people started to appreciate the effort he put in and he turned it round.

A fine young man and a great example to our players on how to apply themselves.

Hope he does really well in the future cos he deserves it!

Abhishek Saha
7 Posted 23/01/2016 at 12:47:55
Naismith has been picked in the Norwich starting XI against the RS. Let's hope he goes out there and kicks them hard.
Paul Jones
8 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:27:58
And he's done exactly that!
John Keating
9 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:28:59
And that's why we should never have sold him !!
Sam Hoare
10 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:29:16
Get in Naisy!
Alastair Donaldson
11 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:33:04
Tony Doran
12 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:35:02
Nice one Naisy, first goal against the RedShite
Eugene McLoughlin
13 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:35:23
Lovely by Naismith!!! Thanks for your effort and vital gials against top teams!!!
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:37:07
Nessie is my hero. I put a fiver on him to score today. Get in Nessie lad.
Dave Long
15 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:38:33
Naisy, been average... then strikes!
Dave Pritchard
16 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:38:43
Great finish. However just because he has scored doesn't automatically mean that we made a mistake selling him.
Phil Sammon
17 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:43:21
Great finish from a good player.


I'd pick Barkley over him any day and ultimately that's who he's competing with, because he's certainly no striker or winger.

After the Chelsea game, which was marvellous if not a complete freak, he was given chances but reverted to almost anonymity.

No doubt people will use this goal as a stick to beat Martinez. Totally unjust in my mind. Good decision to sell. Even if he goes on to bag a hat-trick today...which I hope he does!

John Keating
18 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:43:51
God forbid anything happens to Lukaku, but at present who else do we have that can play up front?
Anthony Flack
19 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:43:58
Get in there – freedom of the City for Naismith!
Dave Pritchard
20 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:49:31
John, that would be Kone whose natural position is centre-forward. Like you though I really worry what would happen if Rom got injured as Kone is nowhere near the quality of Lukaku.

My point really was that there is always the knee-jerk reaction when a player is sold and then scores a goal in their first game.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:50:51
Colin (9) what price did you get, I wouldn't back Stevie, thought I would jinx him, hope he gets another one,

Watching Liverpool appeal for every decision,their goalie punches the ball out for a corner and appeals for a goal kick,we stand mute over everything, if you don't appeal you get nothing, keep it up Norwich.

Joe Foster
22 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:54:55
Nais getting the peno
Eugene McLoughlin
23 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:55:06
Fucking brilliant NAISMITH. Penalty to Norwich!
Phil Sammon
24 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:56:44
I attempted to bet on a Norwich win and Naismith to bag. William Hill Australia wouldn't even acknowledge that Naismith played for Norwich!


Joe Foster
25 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:57:17
Moreno can only afford half a haircut by the looks of it.
Alastair Donaldson
26 Posted 23/01/2016 at 13:57:32
3-1 – penalty against Nais... can we get him back please?
Jamie Crowley
27 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:00:20
Unbelievable game for Naisy thus far – hope the best for him and really happy he's doing well while beating down the shite.
Jim Bennings
28 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:01:05
I'd much rather have Naismith in the team than Kone, the lad gets big goals, you'd arguably say he's got more goals in him than Barkley even, but hey we don't need him, do we?

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:06:06
Naismith never got to play as a real striker at Everton. We always played him wide.

Then we said "oh he's not a good as our wingers." Well he's not a winger.

"He's not scoring enough for a striker." Well, he wasn't been played as a striker.

Jim Bennings
30 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:06:31
3-3 now, Premier League totally mad this season!

Firminho starting to look a decent player but then that's what £20 million does for you I suppose.

Dave Long
31 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:07:42
Naismith for the winner!
Derek Thomas
32 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:09:33
Naismith is playing balls in and making runs that Everton would spot, sadly not Norwich though.

Phil Sammon
33 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:10:08
He's not being played as a striker today, Kieran.
Derek Thomas
34 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:12:53
There's more goals in this game yet...4-3 to Norwich? 4 or 5 to somebody?
Jim Bennings
36 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:22:18
How did we only score one against Norwich's defence???

How did we only score one against Liverpool's defence??

By the way, not sure about Declan Rudd, looks no better than Howard, too slow off his line and at fault for a good few goals here!

Terence Tyler
37 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:23:01
The last type of goal you should concede when in front, is a breakaway goal.
Max Fine
38 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:26:13
Firminho was 㿉 million. The RedShite now 3-4 up after a Norwich pass-back from the halfway line that was so bad I wouldn't be surprised if the FBI investigated it!
Max Fine
39 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:29:43
We've had 7 goals in the Norwich - Liverpool game and hardly any attacking play. Bizarre game.
Jack Cross
40 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:30:44
This like watching the Blues fucking defending... abysmal.

Mind you, Naismith never did win against the RedShite. And the RedShite really are shite.

I hope the whole Everton team are watching this match.

John Keating
41 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:34:08
If Norwich were playing in blue I'd swear it was Everton
Jim Bennings
42 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:35:47


Jim Bennings
43 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:36:59
Phil Sammon
44 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:37:46
There you have it... it was all Naismith's fault!
John Keating
45 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:38:33
Definitely Everton in disguise.
Jim Bennings
46 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:38:41
The Premier League might be exciting but it's fucking pathetic... I'm not being funny but what happened to defending in this country??
Eugene McLoughlin
47 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:38:58
Fuck me!!! I hate them... How many times can they get so fucking spawny!!
Michael Penley
48 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:40:03
Yep – predictable. Also, 2 lengthy goal celebrations in extra time and less than 30 seconds added on for the Redshite, while Chelsea gets over a minute against us. Why?
Jim Bennings
49 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:40:33
Seriously how can teams be so unprofessional when they score a goal in injury time?
Shane Corcoran
50 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:40:33
Nothing "spawny" about it Eugene. They just came up against a team with an even worse defence than theirs.

That backpass from Martin for their third (?) goal is probably the worse I've seen.

Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:41:21
You got it, Derek, to them Bastards 5-4.

Norwich were worse than Everton at defending and Liverpool were not much better, but they won.

Frank Crewe
52 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:43:09
Like watching schoolboy football. Defending is no longer important apparently. Just lump it up the park and run after it.
Jim Bennings
53 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:43:36
It's not spawn Eugene, Norwich like us last week and at Bournemouth want totally smacking down for defending straight out of the nursery playground.

These men call themselves professional footballers but something somewhere has seriously gone wrong in this country with defending and learning the youth the art of defending!

Rob Halligan
54 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:44:04
Norwich manager should be sacked. Terrible throwing away a two-goal lead then conceding after getting an equaliser in added time!
John Keating
55 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:44:17
We are not neutral as it's the RS; however, that's what it must be like every week for the neutral watching us.

Fucking pathetic.

Max Fine
56 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:44:38
Sorry, NINE goals and barely one decent passage of play. Not the best advert for Premier league football there!
Eugene McLoughlin
57 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:46:07
Fair enough Shane, Jim... but they always seem to get the rub of the green.

As has been pointed out as well, Chelsea get the added time... we never seem to get lady luck on our side!!!

Feeling like we are being punished all the time for one or two laspes in concentration!!!

Jack Cross
58 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:46:34
Comedy of errors. Fuck me.

Two poor teams and we haven't beat either.

This be a good training video for Everton.

Redshite now up to 7th... we have to hammer Swansea tomorrow. Are you all confident? Not me either.

Frank Crewe
59 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:46:49

I agree. He's almost on the halfway line and he didn't even look up. just hit it towards his own goal.

Also why did their player head the ball back into the middle of the box instead of out for Liverpool's 5th? Made our defense look like the Berlin Wall.

John Keating
60 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:47:41
Seems Naisy has left one delusional manager for another.
Henrik Lyngsie
61 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:49:32
Can someone explain the rules for added time to the added time? When we played Chelsea the ref added 1 min to the 97 because of our long celebrations of one goal in added time.

Today the ref added 24 seconds to the 95 after two long goal celebrations in added time.

There seems to be no consistency or logic in how the refs are interpreting added time. A conspiracy theorist would claim the only logic is that added time must favour the SKY favorites.

Well anyway very entertaining game and I already miss Naismith.

Shane Corcoran
62 Posted 23/01/2016 at 14:50:56
Eugene, we got majorly lucky with a penalty not given against Man City. Everton aren't any less lucky than anyone else in my view.

In fairness to the header for the last goal, he was under pressure. Norwich have invested in a new centre back who they'd better hope is a goodun'.

Dave Pritchard
63 Posted 23/01/2016 at 15:03:13
Henrik, that is the most frustrating thing with referees. It is at their discretion how much to add on to the added time and while that remains the case there will always be inconsistencies
Colin Glassar
64 Posted 23/01/2016 at 15:06:24
5-1 Dave. Henrik, the refereeing in this country is absolutely diabolical. Lee Mason missed two clear penalties, let the RS get away with murder, added five minutes ET for what? Should've sent off Klopp for his pitch invasion etc.... Bloody useless the refs in this country.

Jesus, I would love to get the RS in the final. They are a really shitty, but lucky, team and I'd love to batter those jammy gets at Wembley.

Max Fine
65 Posted 23/01/2016 at 15:06:58
Nine goals but a pretty dull game for the neutral given the lack of actual football on display. I doubt Norwich will be in the Premier League next season and with defending that was almost too bad to be corrupt, they don't deserve to be.

The one shining light was seeing what a poor team Liverpool are, even with a supposed top coach. Also great to see Naisie played as a striker with the ball in front of him – scoring one and making one on his debut – proper made up for him!

Frank Crewe
66 Posted 23/01/2016 at 15:09:51
@Jim. So did Norwich. Nais's angled shot should have been saved. Poor Goalkeeping combined with poor defending. Looks exciting but it won't win you anything.
Anto Byrne
67 Posted 23/01/2016 at 15:58:19
We will always sell a player to balance the books and keep the bankers happy. I think it was good business selling Naismith as he was a square peg in the Martinez set up. He was a typical Moyes-type player and would run his socks off yet flatter to deceive.

I hope he does well at Norwich, I wonder how long before he becomes a bench warmer? Don't we have any kids coming thru?

Mike Hughes
68 Posted 23/01/2016 at 16:30:28
Max #33

"The one shining light was seeing what a poor team Liverpool are, even with a supposed top coach."

Liverpool have been poor all season – but still managed to get a point a Goodison Park. So what does that make us, given we are 5 points behind them in the league (with a game in hand)?

A month away from the Anfield derby – I'd love to gloat over that lot for once – but let's see if our boys are actually up to turning over a poor RS side. Or are we just as poor?

By the way, I hate to say it, but they scraped a winner in injury time while sadly our lot don't seem to be able to manage that (except on Tyneside).

They are the facts. Just sayin' ......

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